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McLeod gets benched by Oilers coach Knoblauch for an unclear reason


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Sam Jones
May 23, 2024  (6:23)
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As the Edmonton Oilers gear up for the pivotal game one of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars, head coach Kris Knoblauch's recent actions suggest a shift in confidence regarding center Ryan McLeod.

Following a critical error in the decisive Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks, McLeod's role has come under intense scrutiny.
"And I look at the fact that the coach didn't play him another shift. That to me shows you it wasn't just a one off."

In the aftermath of a costly lapse that allowed Canucks' Conor Garland to narrow the lead, McLeod found himself sidelined for the remainder of the game. This decision was dissected on the Jason Gregor Show, where Gregor highlighted that the omission wasn't merely incidental but indicative of a deeper trust issue.
Despite his defensive contributions, McLeod has struggled offensively throughout the playoffs, failing to notch a single point over twelve games. This drought is particularly glaring given his regular season performance, where he achieved a career-high of 30 points. This juxtaposition raises questions about his ability to contribute to the Oilers' crucial secondary scoring, an aspect Knoblauch has emphasized as key for a deep playoff run.
Looking ahead, Coach Knoblauch has several strategic options if he opts to adjust McLeod's presence in the lineup. With game one looming on May 23rd at 8:30 PM Eastern, Oilers fans are keenly awaiting the team's lineup decisions, which could significantly influence their quest for the Stanley Cup. As the countdown to the puck drop continues, all eyes are on McLeod and his potential role in shaping the Oilers' fate in this high-stakes matchup.
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McLeod gets benched by Oilers coach Knoblauch for an unclear reason

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